Forkfield, Ayle, Westport
The death took place of Teresa Walsh at her residence in Forkfield, Ayle on the 15th March following a short illness. Teresa was born to Maria and Patrick O’Brien, Manorhamilton on 17th February, 1927. She moved to London following her education in Manorhamilton and it was there she met her late husband Jimmy. They married in St Mary’s Church, West Croydon and their two sons Aidan and Tom were born in Croydon in the following years. In 1957 Teresa, their two daughters Mary and Breege were born subsequently. Teresa worked full-time in the family home as well as helping Jimmy on the farm.
Having reared her own family, she cared for her late mother who had moved from Manorhamilton to Forkfield. As a homemaker Teresa loved to see people calling to the house and made sure they would not leave until they had a cup of tea and something to eat. She enjoyed keeping her garden and her daily walks. Throughout her life she was sustained by her faith and was a great Mass-goer and a regular visitor to Knock.
Teresa enjoyed 64 years of marriage to her late husband Jimmy. As a couple they kept up an active social life right up to the later years. Family meant everything to her and she ensured they never wanted for anything. She enjoyed spending quality time with her 16 grandchildren and took a vivid interest in all their lives. She looked forward to their visits and catching up on all the news. In later years she became a proud great-granny to four little ones.
Teresa enjoyed a happy and healthy life right up past your ninetieth birthday. The loss of her soulmate Jimmy ten months ago took its toll on Teresa and following a short illness she passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family.
Teresa is survived by her sons Aidan (Knockrooskey), Tom (Bunrower); daughters Mary Heraty (Dooncastle), Breege Joyce (Naas); daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, 16 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, sister Anita Maguire (Wexford), brothers Mannix O’Brien (Sligo) and Malachy O’Brien (Longford), brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
May her gentle soul rest in peace.